I freak’n adore pesto. Originating from Italy, this incredibly delicious condiment/sauce/topping, provides your palate with the ultimate flavour dance - you get herby, salty, tangy and fresh, hitting the tastebuds all at once.
This breakfast option has been on high rotation the last few weeks, with pesto and eggs proving a seriously good pairing.
Nutritionally, eggs are a source of protein, which aids appetite regulation into the morning i.e. you’ll be kept full for longer, with the addition of protein-rich foods at breakfast!
When picking a toast, aim for a wholegrain variety, as this will be richer in fibre. Fibre acts a little like a broomstick for the gut, keeping everything moving along. It also helps slow digestion, meaning more sustained energy release.
In its most basic traditional form, pesto is a combination of basil, garlic, pine nuts, hard cheese, garlic and salt, blitzed or smashed with olive oil into a thick chunky paste.
There’s many variations – you can:
Usage wise, it’s typically tossed through pasta or potatoes, but is also great dolloped over fish or chicken, over veggies…or in this recipes case, on toast!
Pesto is pretty easy to whip up! All you need is a blender. However, there are excellent store-bought varieties.
When picking out a pesto from the supermarket, aim for a high percentage olive oil to maximise health benefits and taste – simply locate the ingredients panel on the label, and look for olive sitting pretty near the top of the list.